Line Builds for Record Possibilities in Reading Mooresville, N.C., October 6, 2010 -- In the world of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing, Jason Line is best known for his accomplishments behind the wheel of his Summit Racing Pontiac. Since being...
Line Builds for Record Possibilities in Reading
Mooresville, N.C., October 6, 2010 -- In the world of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing, Jason Line is best known for his accomplishments behind the wheel of his Summit Racing Pontiac. Since being named Road to the Future award winner (drag racing's version of Rookie of the Year) in 2004, he has established himself as one of the stalwarts of the highly competitive Pro Stock category, with 21 national event wins and the 2006 championship to his credit.
However, as drag racing's premier series makes its way to Reading, PA for this weekend's Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, there will be added emphasis on Line's role as the team's lead engine builder. With nearly ideal conditions forecast, the naturally-aspirated "factory hot rods" are expected to challenge the existing national records for elapsed time (6.509 seconds) and speed (212.46 mph), with a premium placed on horsepower. As the architect behind championship winning power plants in both the NHRA and NASCAR, it is a challenge he is looking forward to.
"Looking at the forecast for this weekend, it should be very fast at Maple Grove, which will be a welcome change after battling the heat for the last few races," said Line. "Given the right conditions with both the weather and the racing surface, we could see new national records set in both top speed and elapsed time, which would be a lot of fun, and, more importantly, worth twenty points in the Countdown, which is huge.
"It doesn't matter if you're a sportsman racer in Stock or Super Stock, or a professional running in the Full Throttle Series, you always look forward to the tracks and conditions where you can run fast and showcase what you have, and that goes double in this case of our Summit Racing Pontiacs, where I am the engine builder as well as a driver. As far as I'm concerned, the more power we can make, the better."
Despite the natural allure of setting a record, Line's top priority heading into the weekend remains returning to the winner's circle. To do so, the KB Racing team will need to solve the competitive inconsistency they have experienced at the last two events. Although Line's distinctive tangerine Summit Racing GXP has been among the very best in qualifying in all three races of this year's Countdown to One playoff, including the No. 1 position in Charlotte, they have yet to translate this performance into success on race day. Fortunately, with all the necessary components in place, he returns to Maple Grove Raceway confident of being able to duplicate his winning performance from 2004.
"As competitive as Pro Stock racing is at the moment, it's a zero-defect game," said Line. "Therefore, in order to win, every aspect of the operation must be error-free, from the driver to the crew and the car. To be honest, we've had a Summit Racing Pontiac good enough to win the last two races, but for various reasons we just got tripped up on race day. Fortunately, Greg (teammate Anderson) ended up winning both races, which proves the potential is there. Now we just need to put it all together with my car.
"There are a lot of possibilities for the weekend, and it's going to be fun to see how they all play out. The weekend is already off to a good start, because I'll have my family with me at the track in Reading. That is always a bonus, and it would be nice to have them in the winner's circle with me. We have the equipment and the ability, and although I don't want to make any predictions, I'd say we're more than due for a win, and Maple Grove Raceway looks like the perfect place to get the job done."
Notes for Jason Line & the Summit Racing Pontiac crew At Maple Grove Raceway:
Jason's Reading Line: In his six prior starts at Maple Grove Raceway, Jason has one win during his rookie appearance in 2004, and four finishes of the semifinals or better.
Line's Maple Grove Qualifying Stats: Jason has started in the top half of the field in five of his six prior Maple Grove Raceway starts, including being the No. 1 qualifier in 2005. Overall, Jason has a 5.00 average starting position in Reading.
-source: kb racing